Microsoft now has one more development framework in its technology stack to offer best experience and greater creativity to its customers. The company has signed a conclusive agreement to acquire the leading cross-platform mobile app development provider, Xamarin. Following the blog post by Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group Executive Vice President, the acquisition is made official on Feb 24, 2016.
Guthrie wrote, “With today’s acquisition announcement we will be taking this work much further to make our world class developer tools and services even better with deeper integration and seamless mobile app dev experiences.”
Microsoft’s cloud-first mobile-first strategy best fits to all of the Xamarin mobile app developers and Enterprises. Since their global partnership announced back in 2013, Microsoft and Xamarin have been working closely to make native mobile apps development in Visual Studio simpler. With more than 100 Fortune 500 companies, 15,000 customers from around 120 countries, 1.3 million mobile developers, at present, Xamarin is a top contender in the list of startups.
Xamarin platform gives an average of 75% of shared code and reduces development time by more than 60%. Hybrid and native mobile application developers of iOS, Android and Windows developed in C#, Objective-C, Java languages can improve the quality of apps through Xamarin Test Cloud using cloud-hosted devices and phones. Also, Xamarin Ultimate bundles Xamarin Platform, TestCloud, Insights, and Xamarin University in to a single package. This provides an end-to-end solution for building, testing, and monitoring mobile applications, helping businesses accelerate the mobile app development life cycle.
The combination of Microsoft Azure, Xamarin and Visual Studio offers a comprehensive cross-platform mobile app development solution. With cloud benefits and Xamarin competencies, enterprises can take advantage of an improved set of developer tools for mobile app development. This move catapults Microsoft to the top of the stack of the platforms for mobile development.